Wellwynd PracticeAirdrie Health CentreAirdrieLanarkshire, ML6 6DBTel: 01236 769333
The Practice provides a full range of services in addition to General Medical Services. This is a list of some of our specialised services:
On our telephone system please choose option 3 or telephone Mrs Donna McGowan on direct dial 01236 772303
Results or to discuss investigations - On our telephone system please choose option 3.
You can use the NHS Minor Ailment Service if:
You will be able to get advice and free treatment (if you need it) from your community pharmacist for minor illnesses and complaints such as:
Your pharmacist, like your doctor can only give out certain medicines and products free of charge. You may not get the medicine or product that you would normally buy.
If you require further information about the NHS Minor Ailments Service contact your local community pharmacy or the NHS Helpline 0800 22 44 88 (calls are free).
Adapted from the leaflet produced by the Scottish Executive – The NHS Minor Ailment Scheme at your community pharmacy Version 1 January 2007
Many of the doctors and nurses in the Practice have undergone acupuncture training and we are now able to offer this service to more of our patients. Your doctor or nurse may recommend acupuncture to you for a variety of conditions and we have prepared an information sheet for you to read prior to your treatment. If you have any additional questions please speak to the doctor or nurse during your consultation. Please ensure that you request an information sheet when making your appointment.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a treatment that consists in pricking the patient with a special needle. It developed in China about 2000 years ago. Traditional Chinese acupuncture uses a complicated system of ancient ideas that are not easy for most of us to understand or accept today. At the Wellwynd Practice the doctors and nurses have trained in a modern version of acupuncture. We use only a few needles and they are left in only for a short time – sometimes a few seconds. We find this to be a most effective method.
How Does It Work?
We cannot yet explain this in detail. In many cases we make use of 'trigger points'. These are areas, usually in muscle, that hurt when pressed and cause pain to radiate to other places that may be some distance away from the trigger point. Needling the trigger point can relieve pain in these distant areas, although we do not know exactly how this happens.
Acupuncture has important effects on the way in which the nervous system, glandular system, and probably the immune system work. It can therefore be used to treat disorders which are not associated with trigger points, for example asthma (some cases) or menstrual irregularities.
It is important to understand that acupuncture has measurable effects on the body even though we can't explain them in detail. You don't have to believe in it for it to work.
Hypnosis is a very natural state for all humans and even some animals. In fact you have been in a hypnotic state thousands of times – for example when you drive past your usual motorway exit point, the first few days of being in love, any time you have been day dreaming, when you are working on automatic pilot.
Whenever you do anything automatic your conscious mind is diverted from your unconscious mind and you are more likely to go into a hypnotic state. It is then easier to drift into a light hypnotic trance, more commonly known as a day–dream. Hypnosis feels just like that dreamy, relaxed, can't be bothered feeling you get when you first wake in the morning.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the application of hypnosis for the treatment and relief of a wide variety of conditions and problems. When you are in a relaxed state your unconscious mind readily accepts suggestions and will act upon these suggestions to help you.
Nobody can ever be hypnotised against their will and your unconscious mind will only accept suggestions that are appropriate to you. Any inappropriate suggestions will be rejected. Hypnotherapy is natural and safe and there are no harmful side effects. In hypnosis you will not do or say anything you do not think is acceptable. You cannot be made to do anything – you are fully aware and able to make decisions.
What Can Hypnotherapy Help With?
Breaking unwanted habits e.g. nail biting, smoking and stuttering. Weight control Pain control Phobias e.g. fear of visiting dentist, fear of insects etc. Stress and anxiety management, sleep disturbance Self-confidence Sexual problems Emotional problems and many worries of everyday life Skin conditions
In addition you can learn Self Hypnosis and access the many benefits of regular hypnosis for yourself.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.Travel Health Questionnaire To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.Travel Questionnaire
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